Great to see this new board added on growth management and sprawl!
Randall Crane published a great article recently in the Journal of Planning Literature (August 2000) on the impacts of the newer land use tools (new urbanism, transit oriented development, etc.)on travel (vehicle miles, walking, trip lengths, number of trips, and so forth). While I wouldn't characterize Crane as a skeptic (he is more a cautious realist, I would say), his thorough literature review and assessment of what the literature means is a very important, somewhat sobering, piece of work. Anyone interested in travel behavior and the impacts that land use has on it should read this piece. I think it is very well done, though optimists of neotraditional development may not necessarily think so.